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S v Geingob (CR 68/2013) [2013] NAHCMD 311 (1 November 2013)

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NOT REPORTABLE


REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA

HIGH COURT OF NAMIBIA MAIN DIVISION, WINDHOEK


JUDGMENT

Case no: CR: 68/2013



In the matter between:


THE STATE

and

MARTIN GEINGOB .........................................................................................ACCUSED


(HIGH COURT MAIN DIVISION REVIEW REF NO. 1372/2013



Neutral citation: S v Geingob (CR68/2013)[2013]NAHCMD 311(01 November 2013)



Coram: HOFF J and UNENGU AJ


Delivered: 01 November 2013







ORDER

(a) The conviction is confirmed.


(b) The sentence is set aside and substituted with the following sentence:


A fine of N$1000 or six months imprisonment.


(c) The sentence is antedated to 10.09.2013.


JUDGMENT


HOFF J (UNENGU AJ concurring):


[1] The accused was convicted in Outjo magistrate’s court for the possession of cannabis (two balies) in contravention of the provisions of s 2(b) of Act 41 of 1971 as amended and sentenced to a fine of N$2000 or 24 months imprisonment. The accused was a first offender and did not pay the fine.


[2] I queried the magistrate in respect of the sentence of 24 months imprisonment imposed.


[3] The magistrate in his reply justified the sentence emphasising the effect of drugs especially on young people in the society.


[4] I am however of the view that the magistrate misdirected himself by over-emphasising the interests of society and did not give due regard to the fact that the accused was a first offender, the small amount of cannabis found in his possession, and the fact that there is no evidence that the accused intended to sell the said cannabis.


[5] In the result the following orders are made:


(a) The conviction is confirmed.


(b) The sentence is set aside and substituted with the following sentence:


A fine of N$1000 or six months imprisonment.


(c) The sentence is antedated to 10.09.2013.








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E P B HOFF

Judge







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E P UNENGU

Acting Judge